At 4.0 Tours, we believe in the power and impact that travel has on students and their educational experience abroad. We partner with universities and colleges, study abroad programs, high-schools, and groups of all types to provide our expertise in planning, organizing, and operating educational group travel across Europe and North Africa. Our expansive network allows us to develop faculty-led study abroad and short-term programs in any area of focus, any budget and group size. 

Our mission is to help facilitate more opportunities for students to have educational experiences abroad. 4.0 Tours is committed to developing programs that are not just incredible travel experiences but have a core focus on education and learning.

Our unique flexible model allows our partners to select the exact level of support and services they require. Whether your faculty-led program requires full programming development, or your group is in need of accommodation and transportation services, we are able to custom fit solutions for our partners unique program needs.

We are more than a tour operator, we are your dedicated partner who provides the support your organization desires to execute meaningful study abroad experiences for your students.




20+ European

Our hand-picked team of knowledgable travel professionals
have the passion and expertise to develop and execute
your ideal short-term and faculty-led study abroad program.



Vanessa, CEO

Previously working as a Special Education Consultant in New York, Vanessa began working for Bus2alps AG in 2008 and was tasked with developing the quality and safety of all student products. She took over management of all operations in 2010 and became our CEO in 2013. Her passion for travel and student safety drives our mission forward.

Alum Of: Dowling College

Favorite Destination: Berlin

Erin, Manager

A Chicago native, Erin has lived in Rome since 2011. Joining the 4.0 Tours team in 2017, Erin brings her understanding of academic program needs through her experience with American institutions abroad. Her work in higher education has made her passionate about supporting equal opportunities in international education.

Alum Of: John Cabot University, St. John's University

Favorite Destination: Rome

Leo, Operations Director

Born and raised in Florence, Italy, Leonardo studied Business & Management of Tourism Service at University of Florence. He then joined Bus2alps in 2009, and is the Operations Director and Italian Branch Manager.

Alum Of: University of Florence

Favorite Destination: The Amalfi Coast

Sammi, Marketing Manager

Shortly after moving to Rome to complete her MBA, Sammi joined Bus2alps AG in 2017 bringing her experience from working for a full-service advertising agency. Her project management and planning skills ensure our communications for our partners don't miss a beat.

Alum Of: The Ohio State University, St. John's University

Favorite Destination: Barcelona

Leanne, Operations Manager

After studying abroad in Italy while obtaining her degree in Interior Design, Leanne chose to move to Florence in 2013 and has lived there ever since. She joined Bus2alps AG in 2017, combining her logistical experience with her love of travel. As the Operations Manager for 4.0 Tours her passion for problem-solving and creative nature ensure we always strive to be better than we were yesterday.

Alum Of: Florida State University

Favorite Destination: Croatia


  • Fashion in Paris

    For a behind the scenes look into the world of fashion you'll travel to Paris, France, the fashion captial of the world. Throughout the course of this captivating week we'll walk the same streets of fashion icons, visit a sustainable fashion brand, tour musuems, and visit the Palace of Versailles. Dive into fashion on our week-long program, which provides a comprehensive study of this fabulous industry.

  • The Amalfi Coast

    Travel to Southern Italy's picturesque Amalfi Coast, which will quickly become your favorite destination. Throughout the weekend, you'll visit Sorrento, Positano, the island of Capri, and the world-famous ruins of Pompeii. Our award-winning tour makes for the ideal adventure through four stunning cities in one unforgettable trip.

  • Arts & Culture in Florence

    Located in the heart of Tuscany, we learn how arts and culture have defined the Renessiance city of Florence, Italy. This weekend program you will venture through the city's historic streets visiting the Duomo, Galleria dell'Accademia and world-famous Uffizi Gallery. You will end your weekend having experienced the most incredible sights the city has to offer.


"It’s so nice to have such a professional, well-run, safe, and fun organization make the headaches of planning and logistics just go away! No unique request of mine has ever been unmet, and the flexibility and customization opportunities are extensive and greatly appreciated. My students and I are left with just great experiences, all the attention we could possibly need, and the joy of dealing with enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides providing us with incredible experiences!"

Hofstra University

Randal K. Hillebrand

Professor of Communication Studies

"4.0 Tours is very easy to work with and they are very good at customizing our university programs to the price points I desire. They are quick to respond and their personnel on the ground are absolutely fantastic. I cannot imagine pulling off these very large study abroad programs without my 4.0 Tours partners.”

North Dakota State University

Dr. Newell Wright

Director of the Center for Global Initiatives

"4.0 not only handles my logistics in a seamless manner, they also understand how to deliver to American students while keeping safety on the front burner at all times.”

Spring Hill College in Bologna

Dr. Todd Waller


7 Best Questions To Ask When Choosing a Tour Provider

Program Development

If you’ve decided to start planning your study abroad program and search for a tour provider but don’t know the questions to ask potential providers, we’ve got you covered. Based on 15 years of experience, we have compiled our list of the 7 best and most necessary questions to ask during your process of selecting a tour provider for your program.




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Next Steps


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